After 100 years of efforts to establish it, President George H. W. Bush designated November as National American Indian Heritage Month. What originally started as an effort to gain a single day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated to recognize native cultures and educate the public about the heritage, history, art, and traditions of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
The theme for 2019 is “Honoring Our Nations: Building Strength Through Understanding.”
There are a total of 573 federally recognized tribal nations in these United States. As we celebrate other events this month, Command Sergeant Major Delapena and I encourage you to also take time to celebrate the many accomplishments and contributions made by American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Let’s all reaffirm our commitment to strengthening our understanding of the uniqueness of each indigenous tribe, and the wisdom, customs, cultures and heritage each has contributed to the overall fabric of our nation.
Thank you for all you do every day!
Col. Chris Beck, Commander, Transatlantic Division